Safety improved with new separated bikeway now complete
  • Friday 18 December 2015
Two children ride on the new separated bikeway at MooloolabaCyclists of all abilities can now cycle in greater safety with completion of the first two stages of the Sunshine Coast’s first separated bikeway.

The three metre wide, two lane (one lane each way) bikeway is completely separated from vehicle and pedestrian traffic, providing dedicated bicycle access along Brisbane Road, between Neerim Drive and Culbara Street and along Bindaree Crescent. The bikeway is being delivered in stages and will eventually stretch from Mooloolaba to Minyama.

Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said the bikeway was a significant asset for the region and would be a popular route for local families, commuters, school children, sports and recreational cyclists and visitors.

“Separating the bikeway from the road provides a safer ride for cyclists as well as helping to ease traffic congestion,” Cr Thompson said.

“The upgrade also provided a safer and more attractive environment for pedestrians through significant streetscape improvements including new footpaths, new plants, new car parking zones and upgrades to stormwater infrastructure.

“The bikeway and streetscape has revitalised the overall precinct.”

Cr Thompson said council was grateful to traders and residents for their cooperation during the construction period.

“With the bikeway finished, we encourage locals and visitors to bring your bike down and explore the area including the many businesses that are located along the bikeway route,” he said.

“We will stage a community event onsite in early 2016 to celebrate the completion of Stages 3 and 4a of the bikeway.”

This multi-million dollar project is jointly funded by council and the State Government under the Cycle Network Grants Program.

Further details about the bikeway project are available on council’s website.

Fast facts
• On average more than 70,000 people ride bikes on the Sunshine Coast each week. Council surveys show that bike rider participation has increased by more than 60% in urban areas in recent years.
• Council’s Sunshine Coast Active Transport Plan 2011-2031 includes a vision for the Sunshine Coast to be recognised as an active transport friendly place where people of all ages walk and cycle for enjoyment and transport, our community values our quality active transport infrastructure and has programs that improve our lifestyle, health and sustainability.